Today is the “National Day on Writing,” according to the calendar of unusual and little known national holidays.
Their web site says, “This day is actually an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English — built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.”
Writers are encouraged today to share their reasons for writing around the theme of #WhyIWrite. Apparently, this title is taken from George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Why I Write.” Continue reading
Since crossing the border into Canada 10 days ago, I haven’t been watching much news. But I noticed an article on my Yahoo news feed this morning bemoaning (again) a lack of civility that continues to plague our country.
I gather there is a war of words regarding Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant called the Red Hen. A provocative speech by Rep. Maxine Waters. Some cryptic comments by Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi being heckled as she bought tickets to see a showing of Mister Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor. And the President tweeting about something needing a paint job and someone with a low I.Q. That’s about it. Eh? Continue reading
The political pundits have more than adequately documented the nastiness during the Primaries of this year’s Presidential campaign. And some predict it will wax worse as we pivot toward the general election.
Over the past several years, we have witnessed a decline in civility and increasing coarseness in society. Vulgar expressions, barnyard humor, and pejorative terms have become the rule instead of the exception. But the guilt is not reserved for our politicians. Continue reading
Filed under Culture, Speech
I didn’t watch last night’s Republican debate. Did I miss anything?
Did Donald Trump insult anyone? Did the other candidates react with similar retorts? Were they still taking about the size of hands and what that possibly meant? Were there any personal attacks?
Actually I did see a CNN headline this morning that read “Republican Debate Turns Dirty.” Continue reading
Who said this?
“…at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” Continue reading
For sports fans March Madness is a great time of year. Basketball played at its highest level. Close wins. Exciting upsets. Fierce rivalries. This Saturday could feature all of the above in match up between bitter rivals Kentucky and Louisville. But things are already heating up in the Bluegrass State between their respective fans. Continue reading